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Schuyler Rumsey
Schuyler J. Rumsey
Philatelic Auctions, Inc.
47 Kearny St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
Telephone: (+1) 415-781-5127
Fax: (+1)415-781-5128
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One of the leading auction houses in America. We sell rare stamps and covers from all over the world.

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Terms of Sale


I. All bids (whether by floor bidders, mail bidders, Internet bidders (Live Auction and Bid Sheet) or telephone bidders) will have a premium of 15% added to the auction sale price.

II. All bids are per lot as numbered in the catalog unless otherwise announced by the auctioneer at the time of sale. The right is reserved to withdraw any lot prior to sale, to divide a lot, or to group two or more lots, or to act on behalf of the seller. Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. will execute bidding instructions on behalf of clients, but will not be responsible for any errors in the execution of such bids. Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. is not liable for bidding errors related to live auction Internet bidding and/or the loss of Internet connection during the live auction.

III. The highest bidder shall prevail; lots are sold at one increment over the second highest bid. Should any dispute arise between bidders, the decision of the auctioneer as to the successful bidder and the reoffering or resale of the lot under dispute shall rest entirely on the judgment of the auctioneer. The auctioneer shall regulate the bidding and reserve the right to refuse any bid believed by him not to be made in good faith.

IV. Consignor has and retains the right to bid personally, or by his duly appointed agent, through the auctioneer, unless the sale is advertised and announced as one restricting such bidding by consignors or their agents.

Payments of Purchases

V. FLOOR BIDDERS. Floor bidders shall furnish the auctioneer their names and addresses prior to bidding on any lot. The name and address of the buyer of each lot shall be registered with the auction house following the sale of each lot. Payment of the whole purchase price shall be made by the floor buyer in such manner as the auctioneer may determine. Special credit arrangements must be made prior to the sale.

VI. MAIL BIDDERS. A successful mail bidder will be notified of lots purchased and must remit payment before the lots are sent. Auction bills are due and payable upon receipt of notification. If buyer's payment is not received within ten (10) days, Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. may resell all lots without notice. Any and all losses incurred as a result of resale will be passed on to the defaulting buyer. Cost of postage, registration, etc. will be charged to buyer. Proof by the auctioneer of receipt of sending at the advised address shall constitute delivery.

VII. DIRECT DRAFTS/TRANSFERS. A successful mail bidder known to us may contact our office at (415) 781-5127 for the information necessary to pay directly into the vendor bank account. Any additional charges resulting from processing payments by this method shall be borne by the buyer. Method of payment should be noted on the bid sheet.

VIII. Title shall not pass to the buyer until full payment is received by Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc.

IX. All of our lots are sold as genuine. Lots accompanied by recent (within 5 years of sale date) expert certificates are sold "as is" based on the description in the certificate. The accepted authorities for U.S. stamps are the Philatelic Foundation and the Professional Stamp Expertizing Committee. Previously expertized lots may not be returned under any circumstances, including those instances in which subsequent certificates yield conflicting opinions.

X. All extensions must be paid in full, in advance. There will be no exceptions.

XI. All lots on extension must be submitted for expertizing by the auctioneer exclusively. Each lot is sold as genuine, except those described as is, but when, in the opinion of a competent authority acceptable to Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc., the lot is declared otherwise, the purchase price will be refunded in full. The lot must be received by Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. within a period of 21 days from the date of auction. No lot will be accepted under any circumstances after four calendar months from the auction date. Expenses incurred for purposes of expertizing shall be borne by the purchaser except where the lot is found by said competent authority to be materially not as described, in which case the consignor will be responsible for expertizing costs incurred. Proof of the inability of said competent authority to express a definite opinion is not grounds for return of an item.

XII. Any lot, description of which is incorrect, is returnable (A) within three (3) days of receipt and (B) if received by Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Inc. within twenty-one (21) days from the date of the auction. All disputed lots must be returned intact, in the condition received; no adjustments will be made. The following lots are not returnable: lots containing ten (10) or more items; lots from purchasers OR THEIR AGENTS who had the opportunity to examine them before the auction; items described as having defects or of a quality standard "Very Good" (V.G.) or below; lots with disputed centering or margins when the item is photographed; lots described "as is".

California State Sales Tax

XIII. The California State Sales Tax - or that of another state as ordered by the laws of such a state (as appropriate) - is payable by buyers liable to tax. See below.

XIV. JURISDICTION. In the event of any dispute between the auctioneer and bidders, or between any parties requesting inspection of any of the lots and the auctioneer, or between persons offering their lots to be auctioned and the auctioneer, the jurisdiction over the dispute shall be in the City and County of San Francisco, State of California.

XV. In the event of any dispute, the prevailing party shall be entitled to court costs and reasonable attorney's fees.


Last modified: January 27, 2008

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VISA-Card, Master/Euro-Card, Euro-Schecks, US-$ Schecks

Auction Results at Philasearch:
January 24-27, 2012
The 45th. sale with more than 3400 lots featuring the collections of Warren Albright Advertising covers and the Frederick Langford Machine Cancellations as well as interessting lots from around the world as well untouched collections.

April 26-29, 2012
February 4, 2013
The Richard F. Winter Collection of Trans-Atlatic Mails with 787 lots with rare usages and rates.
February 5-6, 2013
April 25-28, 2013
Worldwide sale with specialized groups of France, Mexico, Trans-Atlantic Covers, United States and Worldwide Collections.
April 27, 2013
“The Richard Warren Collection of Confederate States” is one of the finest collections of Confederate States to appear on the market in several years.
December 9th - 11th, 2013
The sale features United States, U.S. Possessions, British Commonwealth and General Foreign stamps and postal history. Some highlights include: United States Stamps, classics to modern, excellent Hawaii; British Commonwealth including Great Britain Illustrated Covers, Specialized Victoria (Australian State) Numeral Cancels, Foreign material includes Mexico, and a vast array of Worldwide collections and balance lots.
March 10th - 12th, 2014
This sale features over 2000 lots of United States Postal History and 500 lots of Confederate States Postal History. Important sections of Western related covers are included, such as American Indian Related Postal History, Mormon Related Postal History and California Towns and Expresses. The sale continues with collections of noted philatelists, Richard Graham and Tom Alexander, featuring their collections of Free Franks and Campaign Covers respectively. Many fine items are included in the general postal history, plus many balance and collection lots. The Confederate section is highlighted by the second portion of the Richard Warren collection.
April 24th - 27th, 2014
The Westpex Sale.
We are pleased to have been named once again as the Official Auctioneer for the West Coast’s premier philatelic exhibition. For this special event we will be offering over 3700 lots, which will feature the Jewell Meyer Collection of Arizona Postal History, the Charles Meroni Collection of Panama Registered Mails, the Gerald Farrelly Collection of the 1c Washington-Franklin Issues and the Dr. William Litle Collection of Illustrated Gun Advertising Covers. The Worldwide includes a fine array of Western Europe and a wonderful selection of collection and balance lots.
April 26th, 2014
We are proud to offer The Hugh V. Feldman collection of United States Waterways, one of the finest ever formed. The collection has won numerous U.S. national awards including Grand Awards at Westpex 2009 and Chicagopex 2011. At the International level it has won four large golds at Tel Aviv 2008, New Delhi 2011, Indonesia 2012 and most recently in the Championship class at Melbourne 2013. The collection will be offer during the Westpex Exhibition.
December 8th - 12th, 2014
We are pleased to announce our Winter 2014 auction with over 3,500 lots offered over four days.  The sale is highlighted by:
  • The Richard Graham Collection of Naval Covers
  • Transatlantic Mail including the Ken Clark Collection of Liverpool Postal History.
  • The John Cunningham Collection of United States Expositions.
  • Hawaii including Specialized Hawaiian Numerals
  • The Charles F. Meroni Jr. Collection of Panama Registered Mail (Part II)
  • Worldwide Collections and Accumulations

Due to a significant power outage in downtown San Francisco we have rescheduled the session of lots 2737-3544 for Saturday December 13th beginning at 10am!
December 13th, 2014
The Robert J. Karrer Collection of Charleston SC from Colonial to Post-Civil War including Carriers, C.S.A. Postmaster Provisionals, etc. with nearly 400 lots
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